14th season on the Bemidji State coaching staff and his
11th as a full-time assistant coach.
After spending three seasons on the staff, Bolte received a promotion to full-time assistant coach in August 2003.
He was named Co-Defensive Coordinator in 2005 and since has helped mastermind one of the best defenses in the nation.
The Gang Green defense has been a regular in the NCAA rankings since Bolte
The team has finished in the top seven nationally in rush defense three times, including leading the country in 2006, and top-20 five times.
In the last seven seasons, the Beavers have finished in the top 20 in total defense on four occasions: 2006 (16th), 2009 (14th), 2010 (18th) and 2012 (15th).
The 2011 version of the Gang Green defense held its opponents to 16.0 points per game to rank No. 3 in the nation.
Last season, the Beavers finsihed second in the NSIC
in total defense (295.6 yards allowed per game), rushing defense (102.8 yards allowed per game) and scoring defense (18.7 points allowed per game), while they closed 2012 15th nationally in total defense, rushing defense and 18th in scoring defense.
In addition, Cory Crosby earned All-NSIC First Team and Daktronics All-Central Region First Team honors, while freshman Connor Quinn was named All-NSIC as a second team member after he
ended the season first in tackles among the NSIC's freshmen linebackers.
In the last 12 seasons, Bolte
has focused on the linebackers and has mentored an All-American
, four all-region players and 21 All-NSIC selections, which includes at least one player on the all-conference first or second team in all but one season.
Bolte helped mold the careers of players like Andrew Eagan, a two-time All-NSIC performer and Zach Christ, a 2006 and 2007 All-NSIC pick who finished his career ranked eighth on the BSU assisted tackles list with 168.
The success and talent level of the linebackers under Bolte
jumped to another level with Jake Anderson.
spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons as BSU's wide receivers coach, where he
helped develop one of the NSIC's
best receiving corps.
Before joining the BSU staff, Bolte spent 1999 coaching wide receivers and quarterbacks at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
started and lettered four years as a linebacker at Cornell College
in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
helped the program capture the 1995 Midwest Athletics Conference championship and the 1996 Southern Division crown.
received All-MAC honors and left as the school's career leader in tackles (since broken).
graduated in 1998 with a double major in psychology and physical education.
wife Kim have a son, Caden and daughter, Beth.